Inside a decaying ‘time capsule’ house left untouched for 19 years

inside cluttered house left untouched for 19 years
The house has been left untouched since its previous owner’s death in 2003 (Picture: Jam Press)

Think your home is looking a bit cluttered?

This place might make you feel a bit better.

An urban explorer has discovered a house in Yorkshire that’s been left untouched for 19 years – and has the wear and tear to prove it.

The property in Selby, Yorkshire, has piles of old belongings left to rot, plants growing up the walls, and decaying walls, all documented by Daniel Sims, who entered the property through an open window.

It’s thought the house belonged to a woman called Anne, who lived alone in the house after her husband passed away, until her death in 2003.

Since then, the property has been left to decay, with all of the late owner’s possessions still inside and revealing a glimpse into her life.

inside time capsule house with peeling wallpaper and piles of rubbish
Urban explorer Daniel climbed in through an open window (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)
inside house left to rot for 19 years
He soon discovered that no one had cleared the previous owner’s belongings (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)
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The home is a time capsule for the previous owner’s life here (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)

Daniel, 32, regularly shares his adventures in abandoned buildings on his YouTube channel, BeardedReality, and filmed his trek inside the home with some friends.

Among rubbish and dust, Daniel found a large wooden cabinet filled with letters, family photos, and even the owner’s coats, left hanging in the hallway.

‘It’s absolutely crazy the amount of stuff that’s been left behind here,’ said Daniel.

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Anne lived in the house alone until her death in 2003 (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)
plants growing inside abandoned house
Her husband died years before (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)
possessions on sofa in abandoned house
Daniel found multiple handwritten letters and family photos (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)

‘It’s so sad to think if you die and there’s nobody here to come and get your belongings… it’s just all left.’

Plants are shown growing inside the walls while in the bathroom, toothbrushes and toothpaste are laid out as if ready for use.

Dirty bath water still sits in the tub.

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There’s still dirty water left in the bathtub (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)
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And as you’d expect from a house left abandoned for decades, there’s a lot of dirt and grime (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)
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Anne’s toothbrush still hangs in place (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)
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As are some of the toiletries (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)

In the kitchen, HP sauce and stacks of crockery have been left on the worktops, as well as tins of peas in vintage packaging.

Upstairs, Daniel explores a filthy bedroom were black-and-white pictures are left on the dresser and graffiti can be seen on the walls.

In another room, similarly crammed with furniture and possessions, Daniel finds old records, shoes, and signs of the ceiling decaying and starting to fall in.

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It looks like people previously vandalised the place (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)
inside house left abandoned for years
The ceiling is beginning to cave in (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)
bedroom in abandoned house
A newspaper from 2000 sits among the carnage (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)
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And in the kitchen, there are still remnants of meals eaten (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)

Daniel described the furnishings and appliances as like a ‘time capsule’ – with nothing having been updated since the owner’s passing in the early noughties.

Daniel said: “’A wave of excitement rushed over me [as we entered] as this was my first time seeing a place like this, which is commonly referred to as a time capsule and a glimpse into someone’s life.

‘Inside everything from Anne’s life was left from out from pictures to bathroom supplies and her teeth which was super creepy.

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You can even spot old canned goods (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)
stuff in bedroom of abandoned house
It would take a long time to clear all this stuff… (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)
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Daniel describes the house as ‘sad’ (Picture: Jam Press/BeardedReality)

‘Old ornaments and her clothing still hung up in the wardrobes and old letters written and received.

‘The kitchen was full of food still unused and rotting away which suggested that the property was vacated suddenly and just left.


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‘The house itself on the upper floors was collapsing and falling apart due to nature retaking over.

‘It was really weird seeing all these memories and life laid open and bare like this for all to see and incredibly sad to see the place left to rot and decay.’

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